Write-A-Thon Workshops

PLEASE NOTE: All workshops during the 9th Annual Write-a-Thon are free with admission. Each session is capped at 10-15 participants, depending on the time slot. Early sign-up (upon arrival) on November 1 is encouraged. Click here if you haven’t registered yet. See you soon!

NYWC-Style Writing Workshops
All Day! Workshop times include: 10:45 a.m., 2:45 p.m. & 4:15 p.m.

NYWC5-Resized2-150x150NYWC’s workshop method is designed to reduce competition among writers, allowing writers of all backgrounds, ages, experience levels and genres to work together and grow in their craft. Workshop size is limited 10 participants to ensure that each member receives enough time and attention. Read more about the workshop method here. Six of these workshops will be offered throughout the day and will be capped at 10 participants. Early sign-up (upon arrival) is encouraged.


Barbar-CassidyPut Words in Their Mouths: Writing Realistic Dialogue Across Genres w/ Barbara Cassidy
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Whether the talk happens in your novel, your memoir, a poem, or on the stage, getting the voice of your characters right can be crucial to establishing your story’s setting. Here, you’ll explore listening and writing techniques that will help you put the right words in your characters’ mouths.

MP Photos2_croppedGetting Your Story Out There: Introduction to Publishing w/ Melissa Petro
2:45-4:00 p.m.

Discuss the ins and outs of publishing short nonfiction with a freelance writer and creator of Hit Send, Gotham Writers Workshop’s curriculum on becoming a working writer.


KVLife Imitates Art Imitates Us: Narratives Inspired by Kanye West w/ Kristina Villarini
2:45-4:00 p.m.

Music and fashion sit comfortably under the umbrella of Art, but neither demand the center of that space like Kanye West, Chicago-based rapper, producer, and curator of all things dope. Using  lyrics from his discography, plus the rants that make him one of pop culture’s most polarizing figures, writers get  to create their own rants, raves, shorts, poems and slams. 

Apogee_150Writing & Activism: How to Be a Good Ally w/ Apogee Journal
4:15-5:45 p.m.

Writing & Activism is a workshop led by the editors of Apogee Journal, a literary-activist journal that works to highlight unheard voices and voices marginalized from mainstream literature. The session will be a discussion addressing privilege, hierarchy, and the social power dynamics we encounter in published writing we read, the work we write ourselves, and the unpublished work we workshop in NYWC groups or other workshop environments. The session will consist of a directed, critical discussion on ways to dissect topics like race, gender, class, and sexuality, plus writing exercises.

Julia Fierro bio photo_croppedREVISION 101: A Fiction Craft Class with Julia Fierro & the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop
4:15-5:30 p.m.
No matter how experienced a writer may be, he or she will always have the same questions to answer as he or she revises their writing. Which point-of-view is the best choice for this particular story? Is my main character developed? Are my details working hard enough to imply uniquely and concretely? Through in-class writing exercises and prompts, and close reading of published fiction, students will learn to read with a “writer’s perspective,” analyzing the technical choices writers must make again and again concerning structure, character and language. Students will leave the session more confident in their ability to read and analyze fiction with a “writer’s perspective,” a necessity for successful revision and for the development of an understanding of the craft of fiction-writing.